Ice Dogs, Rookie Woodford Agree To Terms

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Long Beach Ice Dogs announced that they have agreed to terms with rookie forward Michael Woodford Jr.

Selected in the fourth round (117th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-0 and 205-pound Woodford played four seasons at the University of Michigan, finishing with 49 points (17g-32a) and 200 penalty minutes in 145 games.

“Michael is a real honest, hard-working, hard-nosed player from a very successful Division I program,” said Long Beach head coach and director of hockey operations Malcolm Cameron. “He’s well respected by his teammates and we’re really excited to have a hard-working player like him on our team.”

“I’ve heard great things about Long Beach and Coach Cameron,” said Woodford. “I think the team next season will build off the success of last year and that Ice Dogs fans are going to get to see great offense, defense and goaltending.”